A good listener is almost always a good speaker and communicator. So it is important to strengthen a child’s listening skills.
There are so many sounds that we get used to hearing everyday and we eventually stop hearing them.
A fun way to practice listening and reawaken our sense of hearing is to go on a nature sound walk.
You can go for a hike on a bike trail, go to a park or zoo, or take a simple walk through your neighborhood.
As you walk, ask your child what he hears.
Can you hear:
A bird or different types of birds?
A fire truck?
Music from a radio?
A train whistle?
Leaves crunching under your feet?
Children love being outside and a great bonus to this activity is spending time with family. Being in the open air, experiencing nature with a valued mom, dad or other special adult is a healthy and memorable experience for a child. And practicing listening skills is an added bonus.